• (4.4) 39 reviews
  • MSRP: $9,166–$20,618
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 20-23
  • Engine: 285-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 5
2012 Ford Edge

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Ford Edge

What We Don't Like

  • Hard-to-operate controls
  • Width makes parking difficult
  • Somewhat narrow front seats
  • Expensive base price

Notable Features

  • Newly optional EcoBoost turbo four-cylinder
  • Two V-6 engines also offered
  • Available touch-screen controls
  • Seats five
  • Available AWD

2012 Ford Edge Reviews

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Ford's Edge five-seat crossover has been an above-average student in its class. Never boasting segment-leading attributes, it remained popular because of its size, looks and, most recently, its high-tech features. For 2012, the Edge lineup adds a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that moves the car confidently while returning excellent gas mileage.

The 2012 Ford Edge has a perplexing multimedia system and a surprising lack of accessible cabin storage, but it might be a sensible buy for shoppers in this class who are looking for good gas mileage and cargo space.

I tested the EcoBoost Edge with front-wheel drive. Read our take on the 2011 V-6 and Sport models here. The 2013 model recently went on sale with few changes versus the 2011 and 2012 models. You can compare all three here.

EcoBoost's Edge
The terrific thing about Ford's most recent EcoBoost engine — the marketing term for its line of turbocharged power plants — is that it actually delivers on the promise of V-6 power with a four-cylinder engine. It doesn't respond like the most robust V-6, mind you, but, for its class, it delivers nonetheless. EcoBoost is a $995 option on any of the Edge trim levels, which include SE, SEL and Limited. The Sport is only available with a 3.7-liter V-6.

I tested the EcoBoost Edge right after a week of driving the GMC Terrain crossover with an optional V-6 engine. Despite the Edge's higher weight — an extra 131 pounds — the EcoBoost engine outperformed the Terrain V-6 in real-world driving, even when passing at highway speeds.

The EcoBoost engine produces 240 horsepower and 270 pounds-feet of torque, versus 285 hp and 253 pounds-feet from the available 3.5-liter V-6.

EPA-estimated mileage for the EcoBoost with front-wheel drive — all-wheel drive is only available with V-6 engines — is 21/30 mpg city/highway, which is considerably better than the V-6 Terrain's 17/24 mpg rating. The 3.5-liter V-6 in the Edge — rated 19/27 mpg — also outdoes the Terrain. The Nissan Murano, available only with a V-6 and the most similar to the Edge in terms of interior and cargo volume, returns mileage of 18/24 mpg. The payoff there, however, is more spirited acceleration than either the Ford or GMC thanks to its 260-hp V-6.

The six-speed automatic transmission in the Ford also made for a smoother experience than you'll get in the Terrain. The Terrain receives high marks from me in most respects; it just loses to the Ford here.

Where the Edge slips versus the Terrain and the rest of the class is in ride comfort. Seventeen-inch wheels are standard on the base SE model, while my SEL tester had standard 18-inch wheels. The suspension is rather firm; road imperfections transmit through the cabin in sharp jolts, making a bumpy road a bad place to be. The Murano, which I drove recently, has a better balance of performance and comfort than either the Edge or the Terrain.

Interior & Technology
The rest of the Edge remains relatively unchanged for 2012 and 2013, including the comfortable interior.

Front and rear seats are wide and offer plenty of support for larger drivers and passengers. However, front occupants have very limited storage options. There are only two cupholders in the center console and no other easily accessible cubbies for keys, smartphones, mints, toll passes, receipts, etc. There is a storage area behind the center stack of controls, but it's hard to reach and you have to do so blindly. The other vehicles mentioned above have abundant cubbies.

My test vehicle also came with the latest version of MyFord Touch. It's a multimedia system that's drawn the ire of our editors since its debut, and even though it's been improved and I've grown accustomed to the touch-sensitive interface, it remains a drag to use. What driver wants to hunt for seat-heater controls on a large touch-screen, or for radio controls on a slick panel devoid of buttons?

The Terrain sports many of the same high-tech features as MyFord Touch, including optional voice recognition, but uses physical controls for both radio and climate options. The Murano takes a similar approach. I prefer both to the MyFord Touch system.

Cargo
The Edge has a sizable rear cargo area: 32.2 cubic feet with the rear seats in place, 68.9 cubic feet with them down. That outdoes the Terrain, which has 31.6 and 63.9 cubic feet, respectively, as well as the Murano, at 31.6 and 64.0 cubic feet. Though these figures are in the same ballpark, the Murano and Edge have wider, more versatile cargo areas. The Terrain is narrower, though its cargo floor can be elongated thanks to sliding rear seats. If cargo is a concern, the Edge delivers.

Safety
The Ford Edge is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick, scoring the highest marks in the organization's crash and roof-strength tests. The Terrain is also a Top Safety Pick, but the Murano falls short because of a Marginal roof-strength rating.

All three SUVs score four out of five stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's crash tests.

You can see a full list of safety features in the Edge here.

Ford Edge in the Market
Outside one of Cars.com's ambitious Shootout tests, it's rare that I'm exposed to both a new model and its most direct competition in such a short period of time. Because of that, the Edge's flaws became more apparent. Its user-unfriendly high-tech multimedia system and lack of storage in front take away from an excellent, efficient powertrain and a large cargo area.

On a family outing with my two young children and wife, all that was overshadowed by the Edge's uncomfortably firm suspension. If the decision were a toss-up before, my mind was made up then. I would prefer either the GMC, for a few thousand dollars less, or the Nissan, at a nearly identical price to the Edge.

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Consumer Reviews

4.4

Average based on 39 reviews

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Confortable car

by Edge driver from Danville, CA on October 23, 2017

Enjoyed driving the Limited model. Had all of the features I liked including back up sensors and camera. Plenty of room for cargo or passengers. Needed a SUV but not a compact one or a large one. ... Read Full Review

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2012 Ford Edge Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Ford Edge Limited

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Ford Edge Limited

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
A
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Other

Roof Strength
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
A
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Ford Edge Limited

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Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Ford Edge Limited

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Side Barrier
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 3 recalls for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

60mo/60,000mi

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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